The Mirage of the Opera - Chapter 12
The wind was biting, and growing ever colder. The faces of the rooftop statues were lined in shadow, the blue light of the moon making them look eerily alive. Erika pulled the tailcoat tighter around herself as another cold gale whipped across the roof. She longed for the shelter of the cellars, yet her passages had been compromised. Now, suddenly, the underground didn't seem as secure as it had mere hours prior. Uncomfortably exposed to the elements, she would have to wait out the mayhem happening downstairs.
The pounding in her skull had lessened, but the thin flesh under the mask had swelled. Each pulse she felt below her eye brought a reminder of where Josephine's fist had struck. The same could be said for her ribcage. Erika's side ached in tandem with her breathing – and it rendered her nearly motionless after forcing herself to the rooftop through the discomfort. She was hunched against the pedestal of the opera house's Apollo – intending to go nowhere fo
Phantom of the Opera (2004 film) ReviewPhantom of the Opera (2004 movie)
Gerard Butler- The Phantom (Erik)
Emmy Rossum- Christine Daae
Patrick Wilson- Raoul de Chagny
Ramin Karimloo- Gustave Daae
With the massive popularity of the 1986 musical, it was fairly obvious that we could expect a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera. It was originally supposed to come out in the early 1990s with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford reprising the roles they had originated (Christine and the Phantom). However, Webber’s divorce with Brightman complicated matters to the point where the film wasn’t made until the early 2000s, and thus required different actors to be cast in the lead roles instead. I’ll let you guys decide whether or not it was a good idea.
The film opens in 1919 in the fire-damaged ruins of the Opera Populaire. An elderly Raoul de Chagny buys an old monkey music box, and reflects on how the details are
Love Never Dies (London Cast) ReviewLove Never Dies (London Cast Recording)
Ramin Karimloo- Erik (Phantom)
Sierra Boggess- Christine de Chagny
Joseph Millson- Raoul de Chagny
Love Never Dies is the sequel to one of the most successful musicals ever; Phantom of the Opera. However, no one wanted a sequel. Most people thought that the original was perfect as it was, but then again, most people also think that Christine should have chosen Erik over Raoul. So this sequel’s main purpose is to get Erik and Christine back together. But when you base it off Fredrick Forsyth’s Phantom of Manhattan, you just know it’s going to be lousy.
The musical starts with a prologue set many years later in the fire-damaged ruins of a fairground. In the soundtrack, Sally Dexter, the woman playing Mme. Giry seems to have based her accent off of Miranda Richardson’s, which was a bad French accent, only hers sounds more like a Transylvanian accent.
Phantom of the Opera (25th anniversary)Phantom of the Opera (25th anniversary)
Ramin Karimloo- Erik (Phantom)
Sierra Boggess- Christine Daae
Hadley Fraser- Raoul de Chagny
Love it or hate it, you can't deny that Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful shows on Broadway. It's even resulted in a 2004 film adaptation and a 2010 sequel. With that in mind, it was pretty obvious that there would be a huge celebration when it turned 25. Said production was staged in 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall. Apart from the 2004 film adaptation, this is the most widely known version of Phantom of the Opera, but is it better than the 2004 film, and more importantly, how does it hold up when it’s compared with the 1910 novel?
We begin in 1905 with an auction in the abandoned Opera Populaire, where we meet an old Raoul de Chagny. There, he buys a monkey music box for a mysterious "she," presumably a lost love. We then learn about the "Phantom of the Opera" due to the au
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